- Does an answer that ignores major details in a question deserve a downvote?
- What's the etiquette on downvoting every wrong answer to a given question?
I just wrote an answer to this regex question, which was trying to match numbers in written format (e.g.
1,234,567.89). I wanted to be thorough, since I've seen this task come up a lot, both on SO and in real-world code. When I finished, I found 7 new quick-and-dirty answers on the question, mostly variations on the same answer. I don't usually mind that kind of thing, since FGitW answers don't do as well as longer, better answers.
The problem is that unless I'm severely mistaken, every other answer is severely incorrect. All seven of them, completely wrong. Yeah, I'm a stickler on regex, but allowing something like
...,.,,.,,..9 or even
... to pass as a number seems worthy of a downvote. But there are literally seven answers that would call that a legit numeric format, one of which is from a user with over 30k rep.
I don't like downvoting. Out of 1177 votes I've cast on SO, 2 have been downvotes. But in this case, especially on such a frequently-asked question, I feel like downvoting everyone unless they fix their answers.
Enough venting. Here's why I'm whining to Meta about it:
- If I vote down 7 competing answers on the same question, will I get flagged for vote abuse?
- At what point does "sorta works" become worthy of a downvote? If it were a typo or something, I'd edit it or let it slide. Even an honest attempt that didn't quite work might get by with just a comment. Where's the line between "close enough" and "this answer sucks"?
- You've seen the question. Am I right that these answers deserve downvotes? Seven people thought that
[0-9,.]+was "good enough" to match numbers, so why am I the only one who doesn't?